9°25’35”N | 84°10’22”W
Channels 69 & 16
Costa Rica is an astonishingly beautiful country, full of dramatic landscapes and friendly people. Lush jungles, active volcanoes, and pristine beaches abound. While only the size of West Virginia, this small country has over 800 miles of coastline to explore and is home to over 6% of the world’s biodiversity. As an international leader in conservation, Costa Rica has set aside 26% of its territory as protected areas and national parks. Costa Rica has been internationally ranked as “The Happiest Place on Earth” and one of the world’s most ecological countries.
In recent years, tourism has become one of the most important sectors of the Costa Rican economy. Playing host to over 2 million visitors per year, this tropical paradise is a tourist’s dream. With a lush and diverse landscape, the country has everything from volcanoes, to rainforest to pristine beaches. Visitors can participate in variety of activities such as white-water rafting, zip lining, kayaking, and hiking as well as sport fishing and sailing.
Costa Rica is the most politically stable country in Central America and has long emphasized its commitment to democracy and respect for human rights. Costa Ricans are very proud of their tradition of peace, with the armed forces being abolished in 1948.
Costa Rica is a tropical country with no winter or summer as such; most regions have a rainy season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. Rainfall averages 100 inches per year and average temperatures range from 72 degrees F in the central valley and 81 degrees on the coast.
The Costa Rican healthcare system is rated very highly on an international level. Healthcare is universal and available to all of its citizens. Recently, medical tourism has seen a surge in popularity, due to the relatively low cost and exceptional care available.